In the last gasp of the US election campaign between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama Hurricane Sandy devastated densely populated areas of the country, with many dead and counless billions of dollars in damage.
The Today programme spoke to two seasoned observers of the American scene who live in New York: digital editor of Reuters Thomson Chrystia Freeland, and former Times and Sunday Times editor Sir Harry Evans.
"Obama has shown real leadership, as Mike Bloomberg has," praised Evans.
But Freeland warned that if Obama "is seen to fumble in his response to the disaster in next few days, everything could very suddenly curdle for him".
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